TAKING A WORK BREAK

I am going to be off blogging for a few days.  My choice, no health problems or other crisis.  I have just decided I must get with my home chores a bit more seriously.  However I am still mindful of being obedient to God’s call which I think includes my blogging duties and fun.   I do have a series of posts designing in my head which I am anxious to get to so I will be back as soon as I can make a path through the dust bunnies.

But it is possible and even probable that some folks will be dropping by so I want them to see what is really important .  That is:

JESUS LOVES YOU.  SIN IS A GREAT EVIL WITHIN US WHICH  COULD NEVER BE MADE RIGHT EXCEPT BY AN ATONEMENT TO THE GOD OF JUSTICE AND LOVE.  JESUS DIED TO MAKE THAT ATONEMENT FOR US.  If YOU HAVE ACCEPTED HIS SACRIFICE AS PAYMENT OF THAT DEBT WHICH YOU COULD NEVER PAY AND YOU NOW CALL YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN, A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, REMEMBER TO BE AS MUCH LIKE HIM AS YOU CAN.  WE CAN ALL GET BETTER IN OUR BEING AND IN OUR ACTIONS.  

IF YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN, ACCEPT HIS INVITATION TO COME TO HIM AND PURPOSE TO BECOME A FOLLOWER WHOSE SINS ARE PAID BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS WHICH HE POURED OUT ON THE CROSS BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU.

I’LL SEE YOU IN A FEW DAYS, DEAR FRIENDS.

IF YOU WANT A FUNNY READ LAST POST “HOSPITAL FUNNIES”

IF YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT LIFE IS READ THE ONE BEFORE THAT CALLED “TURNING LOSE IS HARD TO DO”

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HOSPITAL FUNNIES

When I told about my near death experience a few weeks ago, I said I was going to come back with some funnies from that hospital stay, so now is the time. Then I can get rid of this note on my desk that keeps reminding me.

  1. I had had a new manicure with bright red polish in preparation for my family reunion. After about ten or twelve days in the hospital, no bath, no hair wash, no makeup, hospital gown, one thing remained, my pretty finger nails. The one thing to remind me that I belong to the outside world. I had led a “clean” life. I was still a girl! An old sick one, but still a girl! A nurse came in to check my oxygen count. She put the little meter on my finger and it balked at giving her a reading. She said she would have to remove my polish. It was fightin’ time, I told her I had been there ten days or so and others had got the readings so she could to. She stayed with it and it worked. I still had my polish. Things worth fighting for!
  2. Obamacare was new. I was in pain. I asked for pain meds. My answer came in the form of a big banner strung across my room that said, “Obama says no.” I told my sister that they would not give me pain meds. She said she would see about that and she did. Of course, they gave me the meds. The banner? Hallucination, I guess.
  3. A lady chaplain came in to see me. I ended up having a great talk with her. I talked, she listened. I think it was the first time she had heard “Jesus” mentioned in Denver. 😀
  4. Sometimes they had “entertainment” to come into the room to break up the monotony, I guess. It was nice of them. But a harp player? If I had already gone to Heaven, what am I doing in this bed?
  5. The day came for me to get in the shower. They gave me about a dozen wash clothes. I was somewhat acquainted with four forks at a place setting, but a dozen wash clothes. I wet them all so it looked like I knew what I was using them for then I used one. 😀
  6. The Occupational Therapist came to show me how to live when I got home. Really! So I sat on the edge of the bed and attempted to put on a pair of bulky sweat pants. Of course, while holding that red heart pillow tight against my chest. At least she got paid.
  7. But the real fun began when it was time to go home. Carl had brought his nice SUV to drive me back to OKC. I get wheeled out, of course, clutching the red heart pillow and attached to an oxygen tank. Now the fun begins. I can hardly stand up, for sure I can’t step up in the car so the tug/push/pull game begins. Two or three people try pushing my seat up to the car seat. They put a belt on me and try pulling. I can’t turn around. (I’m about ready to settle for the “harp” in Heaven.) So Carl goes to the other door to try to pull me in. He grabs my arm. Watch it! You can’t do that! No he couldn’t. For one thing I had to hold my pillow. And for another, you don’t pull on the left arm after heart surgery! Well as my brother-in-law says, “There are some things best forgotten.” I guess they finally got me in with the belt. I’m not sure. We were on the road long enough to get out of Denver before I had to stop for a pit break. I remember Carl driving up to a high curb. I don’t think it was too bad. The rest of the trip was uneventful.

I still find it hard to believe I was not even put in Rehab when I got home. I continued on the oxygen about a month. Then I was off it. I don’t mean to be trite when I say, “To God be The Glory.”

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TURNING LOOSE IS HARD TO DO

Looking out the lone window, I see an ornament on the leaf-stripped tree. With other ornaments, they were a beautiful sight dancing in the breeze reminding me of days gone by.

Now I can hardly move but sometime I thrash in my sleep, ending up with my legs hanging off the bed. Nurses are nice, check occasionally.

I’m alone. The last of my family and peers. A stranger owns my old home. No stage here for dancing.

Seems I have a kind visitor in the night who invites me to go to a new home. I refuse. I’ll hang on.

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Written for 100-word picture prompt hosted by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/

PHOTO PROMPT© Na’ama Yehuda תודה חברה שלי 

You will find how others have dealt with their interpretations of the picture by going to Rochelle’s link and clicking below the fuzzy frog. Enjoy.

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PROBLEM BEGAN WITH TV TRAYS

I have often blamed television for the break down of the family. That wasn’t the problem. I remember television as family unity – at first. Small houses, television in the den could be seen from the kitchen. Put on “I Love Lucy” or “Ozzie and Harriet” and everybody watched, made comments, and laughed together. Parents could even use the story to teach some lessons regarding fun and good manners.

The problem began with the TV Tray and bigger houses.

Well, yes, I am older than TV trays! I remember how much I wanted some. I think I remember getting a set with Green Stamps.

TV tray life style produced the malnourished child above. Maybe not malnourished from food; malnourished from family.

So many evil ways develop from innocent gateways! The devil is a deceiver and the master of lies. He is much more likely to appear beautiful and alluring than with red horns and a pitchfork. Avoid him if possible. If you can’t do that, stand up to him in the name of Jesus. Refuse his candy and roses. James Garfield said, ““A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.”.

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“WORD” AWARDS

I prepared this Saturday and posted but something went wrong because it did not publish. It was too much fun to not try again although it is not Saturday. I know I posted because it went to my Facebook with an “oops” page not found.

Linda G. Hill has opened up the subject of words to us for SoCS, specifying words we don’t like, or favorite words, or just words that bug us.  Plenty of choice, so here I go!

I’m from the generation who was shocked when Clark Gabel said “damn” in Gone With the Wind.   From there we have hit the low of literary lunacy.

Some particular “word” awards:

The Peevish Award:  “whauu-tever” for the one who goes along to get along (whatever)

The Illiteracy Award:   the f-word for limited vocabulary ability

The “Failed Grammar” Award: “f-word” used as every part of speech

The Sinners Award:  for those who use the Creator’s name in disrespect

The Western Award:  “dang” like in “that dang horse bucked me off”

The Newsbreaker Award:  Using  “race” “racist” “racism” in thirteen 1-minute segments

The  Best Creative Word Award:  “white supremacy”

The “Don’t Bug Me” Award:  Why should I tell you “Whatsup?

The “Trite Phrase” Award:  “at the end of the day”

Well, Folks, I’m dang near out of Awards so “at the end of the day” “when all is said and done” and we are now “on the same page” I’m going to see “whatsup” with my family.

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Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, a challenge hosted by Linda A. Hill. You will find interesting and unusual submissions at https://lindaghill.com/2021/07/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-17-2021/ Check it out.

I prepared this Saturday and posted but something went wrong because it did not publish. It was too much fun to not try again although it is not Saturday.

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NOT MY WILL

“Lord, please make it easy for (…fill in the blank…) to happen. In the name of Jesus I ask and thank you.” How simple! Just give me my way! How many times have I prayed for something that is not God’s plan? My prayers turn to stumbling blocks to God’s plans.

I desperately want an easy life for the people I love. I want security for the old people and pure and holy adventure for the youth. I want power for my country. I want freedom of pain for the hurting. I want saints to go home on the wings of peaceful sleep. I want good-paying, fulfilling jobs for all men and women who are willing to work hard. I want those who won’t work to realize they are wasting God-given lives and to get off their haunches and find jobs. I want the southern border closed.

Praying my will may hinder the Lord in guiding my loved ones into his plan as I continue to enable them. Praying my will might hold back the death angel while my loved one lies in pain awaiting her homecoming. Praying my will may stop the gospel being spread into the lives of those who do not know Christ. Praying my will may not bring discipline into my life that would be healthy for me. Praying my will might result in people living “soft lives” and be totally unarmed when the devil assaults them with fiery darts.

I’m reminded that God says, “(You) do not know the thoughts of the Lord, (you) do not understand my plan” (Micah 4:12). I find myself much like Peter who rejected the idea of Jesus going willingly to his death. Matthew 16:23 “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men…”

If Peter had had his way, neither he nor I could have been redeemed.

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THE PATH NOT TAKEN

About 1950, daddy made a deposit on a chicken farm in Oregon. When we returned to our farm in SE Colorado, mother became ill and could not move. Daddy lost the deposit.

How would I be different if we had moved? Would I still be Oneta Hayes, Christian conservative? Would I be burning flags and throwing stones? Or apathetic with either?

I’m glad we did not make that move. A path might seem right to us but God knows the path we should be on.

Church elders came mid night and prayed for mother. She was fine the next morning.

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True story from my life written in response to Rochelle’s picture prompt submitted by J Hardy Carroll. You can go to Rochelle’s and click the frog beneath the picture to find other stories prompted by this picture. https://rochellewisoff.com/

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TUESDAY TIDBITS – JULY 13, 2021

How about me starting a Tuesday Tidbits?  I just seem to have more to say than I can say in my Baker’s Dozen—especially with inflation when I can’t give you thirteen.  So here are my Tuesday Tidbits, most of which are taken from notes on my desk.

1. Someone famous enough to be an idiot said:  “The girl who pours a cup of coffee at Starbucks, should own it.”  That’s the reasoning behind the socialist movement in USA. I’m sure she has lots of brains, brawn, and finances invested in the company. (I am not defending Starbuck in any way. They are “anathema” to me.

2. Greetings to you, grAnnie Ro,  you keep reading my stuff and I don’t know how to say thanks since you no longer are doing your blog.  So I suppose you will see this.  Hi, sweet follower and friend.

3. My grocery list for Walmart:  calcium, biotin, soap, potting soil, prescription, land lotion. My food is coming from Aldi’s or someplace. I enjoy stopping for fruit, veggies, and meat at Braums.

4. Word list for me to use in my comments for your blogs.  Influential, inspiring, ingenuous, insightful, clever, revealing, rousing, motivational, stimulating, significant, impressive, provoking.  Note to me: don’t use sententious, emotive, fecund, impelling.   They sound like I used a Thesaurus.  However you may use any of these in your comments to me—please.

5. So Shines the Night an e-book by Tracy Higley.  I enjoyed it enough to try another by that author.  It wasn’t as good. 

6. Luke 12:4-7  “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?    I used this scripture when I wrote the Friday Fictioneers challenge:  “Sparry’s Question”

7. Pennsylvania Democratic Senate has said their voting machines cannot be examined by a third party.  Hummmm….

8. Roger asked me if I had seen a new  filter for his water filter gadget.   “No,” I claimed.  He said it was round about so long, measuring 8 inches or so— “Oh, yes, I put it up with the snack crackers,” I admitted.  Well the paper was so gold and glittery.  Why wouldn’t I think snack crackers.  Such joy for my son, that I take good care of his belongings.   😀

It is near nine pm on Tuesday but I am getting my desk cleaned up. If you don’t read until Wednesday, that’s okay. There will be nothing new on Wednesday. Please feel free to use the word “stunning” in your comments back to me.

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MANKIND BECOMES EXTINCT?

PRESENT PRACTICES WHICH WILL BRING THE EXTINCTION OF MANKIND BEFORE GLOBAL WARMING HAS A CHANCE!

I am doing an edited post from blog in February, 2017. I believe it is worth another read from a different perspective.

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 Situation One:   I’m a female married to a female.  Obviously we cannot have children. So if everyone were just like me …. Mankind becomes extinct.

Situation Two:   I’m a female in love with a man.  We do not want children until we marry.  If I get pregnant, it is nice that abortion is legal.  If everyone were just like me….. Mankind becomes extinct.

Situation Three:  I’m a male in love with my daughter.  My wife died.  My daughter is willing so why not have sex?  Yes, I know we might have children who pass on diseases and deformities but it probably won’t show up in our generation   If everyone were just like me…. Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Four:  I like to party.  Bring it on!  Break out the beer.  … Pregnant?  Gotta get an abortion.  If everyone were just like me…. Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Five:  I am a pedophile particularly drawn to young male children. If everyone were just like me….. Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Six:  I don’t care about sex, I’ve found my fix in alcohol and drugs. …. Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Seven:  I have been married for four years.  I have a lover on the side. Just for fun you know.  What do you mean I’ve given my wife syphilis?  If everyone were just like me… Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Eight:  I’ve been raped.  It left so much damage to my body, I will never be able to have children.  Not my fault but if everyone were just like me… Mankind would become extinct.

Situation Nine:  My husband has been loyal and faithful, and I wouldn’t dream of betraying our marriage vows.  We have two  children and we will probably have another.   If everyone were just like me... God’s plan will have won!

GOD IS NOT OUT TO SPOIL YOUR FUN; HE IS OUT TO GIVE YOU A LONG AND JOYFUL LIFE. …… AND TO PERPETUATE THE CONTINUATION OF MANKIND.

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BAKER’S DOZEN – JULY 12, 2021

1. Time for me to share my bits of humor, satire, wisdom, fun, and faith.  Ready?

2. My sister, Karen, and my daughter-in-law, ReNee,  went shopping. ReNee had a couple extra things she needed to take care of.  So Karen and I sat in the car at one place where ReNee said she had to go in and have her legs shaved. I thought “What new thing will these young people do next” but I wasn’t bothered, after all she is barely fifty. I just thought there must be a new method or a new shaving cream – something she wanted to check out. It wasn’t long before she came out with a lamp shade!  I said, “A lamp shade?  I thought you said you were going in to get your legs shaved!”  She promised to take me to check for a hearing aid next week!

3. In Granddad’s Bible he wrote in the margin by James 1:12 “Rock Kangaroo Shoes and Stetson Hats” I guess he didn’t think those would hold a candle to a crown of life!   James 1:12 “…he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

4. Comment by Linda at shoreacres:  “The sooner we learn the world isn’t a perfectly safe place, but that we can live in it safely anyway, the better off we are.”   Linda at Shoreacres  https://shoreacres.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/stilll-working-after-all-these-years/#comment-213470

5. “The righteous who walks in his integrity, blessed are his children after him.”  Prov. 20:7  Does that mean some righteous don’t walk uprightly?  If that is so, no wonder our children forsake the ways of those who claim righteousness.  We had better put in practice to walk the way we talk!

6. That brings me to another Grandad note by John 14:8 “Phillip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” He has written “Church, let us see Jesus and we are satisfied.” Then he referred to Luke 12:21, which says, “So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.” There he has written “full barns stop mule from braying, not so, with souls.”

7. Do I have new political wise cracks?  Nothing that tops Biden’s great insurance plan against being ruled “incompetent.”  Even I prefer him to Kamala and Nancy.  I think I feel some compassion for him.  Like compassion I feel for Haman as he built the gallows on which he was hung.

8. Am I likely to change my mind and get the covid vaccine.  No way!  Every day I am happy to wake up well and thank God for that.  If I get sick I will trust Him in my sickness.  But I will not willingly set myself up for being sick—especially not this sickness “unto death” that they talk about. 

9. I would like to see the money they spend in promoting the vaccine being used to develop better methods of treatment.

10.  I need to get my hair cut.  I hate to do that—makes me look like an old woman.  Worse!  Last time I looked like an old man!

11.   Have you  noticed how small tuna cans are becoming?  When I make a tuna salad sandwich, I have to add two eggs in order to get enough to spread on a piece of bread.  Granted, I do like it spread pretty thick but it tastes more like egg salad than tuna salad.

12.   I no longer offer number 13.  It is the result of inflation. 

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